“You have forsaken
The ways of your people!
O house of Jacob!
You are full of diviners
From the east.
You are full of soothsayers
Like the Philistines.
They clasp hands with foreigners.
Their land is filled with silver.
Their land is filled with gold.
There is no end
To their treasures.
Their land is filled with horses.
There is no end to their chariots.
Their land is filled with idols.
They bow down
To the work of their hands.
They bow down
To what their own fingers have made.”
Isaiah speaks out strongly against idol worship that must have been common among the house of Jacob in eight century BCE. The Israelites have forsaken the ways of their people since they had a lot of eastern diviners, like priestly prophets who foretold the future in the name of some god, roughly the equivalent of a Yahweh prophet among the non-Israelites. There were also the fortune tellers or soothsayers from Philistine, from along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. There must have been some kind of magic handshake with foreigners that was also forbidden. Why were they doing this? Their land was full of silver, gold, many treasures, horses, and chariots. What else did they want? Despite all this, they still bowed down in worship to the idol gods that they had made with their own hands and fingers. Why were they worshiping these false idol statutes that they themselves had made?